Brown Deer police investigate scam after woman shipped thousands of dollars overseas

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Brown Deer Police Department

BROWN DEER — Brown Deer police are investigating a scam that involved a woman who shipped money overseas.

Police say they received a call from a 58-year-old woman living near Green Bay and Schroeder Drive who indicated her husband as an international oil driller in Ghana.

She said he sent her $3.5 million to O’Hare Airport — but the company holding the money was now requesting she send $8,500 to get a certificate to retrieve the money.

It was determined the woman had only talked with her “husband” via Skype, and they had never met in person. It was learned she had already wired $20,000 overseas.

The woman was advised this was a scam, and encouraged to stop sending money to anyone.